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Remembering Friction, The Original Founder Of The VVIP Music Group. Many may wonder about the roots of VVIP which is the most successful and greatest music group in Ghana and Africa as a whole. The genesis of this music group goes way back. Back when some of us were still in diapers eating sand. The original founder of this group is Musa Haruna popularly known as Friction.

Friction formed this group with a friend of his who later had to leave the group for the U.S. to finish his education. So Friction proposed the idea to four people (Promzy, Lazzy, Prodigal, and Bone) and before they knew it, the five of them were performing at ghetto parties, clubs, street festivals, etc. Bone however left the group due to some personal reasons.

Friction’s dog, Chicago, was also an official member of the group. You could hear the dog growling at the end of their tracks from the late 1990s. Eventually, Chicago died.

Taking a good look at their “Daben Na Odo Beba” video, you could see Chicago in the beginning and hear him howling at later parts of the song.

Initially, the duo began as Precise Music before rebranding as VIP in 2000 after the amassed a great deal of fame across Ghana. In 1998, they released their first album, Bibi Baa O, they were famous all over Accra. They became the most popular Hiplife group in Ghana. In 2000, they released their second album, Ye De Aba, which was more successful than their first album.

Friction,lazy,Bone,promzy, prodigal..Vision in progress (VIP)

After the second album, Friction felt that it was his time to work as an individual artist and quit the group. The group now had three members (Promzy, Prodigal, and Lazzy) and released a third album in 2001 called Lumbe Lumbe Lumbe with the smashing hit “Daben na Odo Beba”. However, the hiplife group conquered the Ghana music charts with their 2003 album Ahomka Womu; their single also named “Ahomka Womu” was number one on the Ghanaian charts for over 20 weeks. VIP won five awards at the Ghana Music Awards from the hit single and the group gained international exposure after this success.

Friction’s hunt for new adventures landed him in Holland where he still resides today and doing just fine just in case anybody ever wondered. Before departing the group and Ghana, Friction featured in Ghana’s national HIV Campaign song ‘Stop AIDS, Love Life in the year 2000 alongside some of the biggest stars of that era including Reggie Rockstone and Black Prophet.

Friction went solo and auditioned for the Dutch music school Rockacademie, and was admitted. Since 2006 he is based in Holland, where he also joined the music competition X Factor. His Reggae Single ‘Life is not easy’ got three nominations on the Ghanaian Bass Awards and was featured in the German-Dutch movie production Verliebt in Amsterdam with Dutch actress Bracha van Doesburg and German actor Vladimir Burlakov, in which he also performs with his band. Over the years Friction performed as the support act of Reggae legends Morgan Heritage, I Jah Man, and Eek-A-Mouse, and on global stages such as Holland’s biggest festival Zwarte Cross and UK’s biggest Reggae Festival The One Love Festival.

In both 2017 and 2019 Friction got nominated in the category ‘Entertainment personality of the year’ at the Nima Excellence Awards, an award show to celebrate different types of talent coming out of Nima, Accra, the neighbourhood Friction was born and raised in.

The VIP group went on to thrive and even achieved the highest feats available to clinch and if anything ever made Friction proud in life, it will always be him starting the music duo. Promzy left and Reggie Rockstone joined as they rebranded once again to VVIP. The story never ended for the group as it continued to make difference. The group won almost every award they were ever nominated for and the story goes on.

In February 2016 during an interview with DJ Murphy Lee on Storm Fm’s Entertainment Extra, Friction revealed that he left Ghana because he wanted to upgrade himself in his studies and his music career to be precise.

“There is no difference everything is going through with my then absence and my absence now… V. I. P is still growing. The group was going well… So that was how the group goes,”

I Nearly Gave Up On Music Some Years Ago – Eno Barony. Ghanaian female rapper, Ruth Eno Adjoa Amankwah Nyame Adom, popularly known as Eno Barony, has recounted how she nearly gave up on music some years ago.

In a lengthy post sighted by Zionfelix.net, the ‘Rap Goddess’ revealed she was not having the strength to continue her music career because she was hungry and heartbroken about six (6) years ago.

Eno said she announced her decision to quit music but she was motivated by Okyeame Quophi and his wife, Stacy Amoateng.

Talking about the challenges, Eno Barony recalled how she struggled to get clothes, lorry fares for interviews and shows.

The most heartbroken moment was when she lost her mother, who she depended on.

With determination and the help of God, Eno disclosed that she can now afford all the things she needs.

Read her full post (unedited) below:

“MUST READ Exactly 6 years ago today i wrote this on Facebook. i gave up everything, i was hungry i was sad i was heart broken i taught it was the end for me i was done . Then i had a call from @quophiokyeame and @stacyamoatenggh and they told me why are u crying cant u see that uve almost uncovered the treasure from that hole you are digging why do you want to stop you are almost there dont give UP cry all u can tonyt but be strong by morning.

@abrewa99 called she laughed she said you dont know how big you are ,industry people called me this morning to ask about you they see you but you dont see it its a journey so move on i was motivated but I still asked my self how do i move on no money no management no fanbase all i had was the talent I went ahead played shows with no pay i sumtimes use needle and thread to create sumthing new out of old dresses so i can appear good and after all this people will laugh at me for my dressing i still moved on to get interviews which i cldnt even afford lorry fares for and after a hell of struggle to get there all they ask me for is freestyle wthout even promoting my tracks. I hide to sit in trotro to go for shows and when people try to video me i cry .

Depended on my my mum and she died after two months I stopped writing my grieve was too much I still put my self together and moved till one day that i realised that everything changed .

I can afford the things i never had wow i thank God but I think u can also push forward for sumfn bigger you may be delayed but you will never be denied my journey still goes on watch out for the next level.”

Rationale behind Valentine is evil and demonic – Prince David Osei. Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has disclosed that he doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day or St Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on 14th February and it is a day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.

Prince David Osei, however, does not believe in Valentine and claims that it is evil and demonic. He further stated that the rationale behind Valentine’s day is not right and he wouldn’t be part of it.

“I don’t believe in Valentine neither am I a fan of Valentine. I don’t think it’s right for anybody to set a day aside for me to show love to my loved ones or show affection to the people I care about. I’m not a fan of it besides the rationale behind Valentine is not a good one. It’s evil, it’s demonic. So st. Valentine’s day or whatever I am not part of it,” Prince David Osei said in a video.

Watch the video below; Rationale behind Valentine is evil and demonic – Prince David Osei.

I don’t have any problem with Guru – Richie. CEO of Lynx Entertainment, Richie Mensah has stated that he has no problem with Guru.

According to him, though it has been long perceived by the public that he has bad blood with Guru resulting from the latter’s collaboration with Obrafour on the hit song Kasiebo, he has never had a problem with Guru.

“Until Guru mentioned Kasiebo in an interview, I had forgotten about Kasiebo. I don’t have it in mind at all.” Richie told Nana Ama McBrown on the 13th February 2021 edition of the United Showbiz entertainment show on UTV.

He was responding to the issues his camp has had with the “Mmaakuo” singer that has become a subject for social media users to chew on in recent times.

On why he refused Guru a collaboration with his signees, Kwame Eugene and Kidi, Richie indicated that the timing was wrong.

“You know artists call every day for a feature, but sometimes you say yes, sometimes you say no.

He expressed displeasure over Guru’s remarks about him and asserted that Guru should have contacted him if he had any issue with him, rather than making him trend on social media negatively.

“I was there when someone called me to say Guru said I’ve been sabotaging him, I’m a wicked person, what did I do to warrant this kind of comments from you”, he questioned Guru who was also present on the show.

After an insistence from Nana Ama McBrown for the two to smoke the peace pipe, Richie intimated that his doors will always be opened for Guru whenever need be.

Radio still has a wider reach than social media – Patience Nyarko. Talented Ghanaian gospel musician, Patience Nyarko has admitted that radio has a much bigger influence in promoting music in the country as compared to other media forms.

On her accord, although social media plays a role in music promotion, radio is more accessible and readily available to the masses.

Explaining her stance, the musician noted Ghana is now growing technologically with rural dwellers and even some urban settlers still not used to social media.

Speaking in a special edition of Happy 98.9 FM’s Showbiz Xtra show with Doctar Cann to celebrate World Radio Day, Patience said, “Radio reaches more people than social media. In Ghana, when you play music on radio, a lot more people hear it. It reaches more people, especially those in rural areas”.

To her, social media though having its upside is currently for the young and savy in urban communities. “And these are the people who download and listen to our songs”.

Sharing her reaction to the first time her song was played on radio, the artiste disclosed, “I was very happy and the feeling was good. I was in a trotro when I heard my song being played”.

Patience who could not believe her ears alighted from the commercial vehicle and waited for the song to end before continuing her journey.

“The song was played back to back and I enjoyed it”, she added.

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.

This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard.

Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.

You Look Like The Infinix Version Of Nadia Buari – Social Media Roast Yaa Jackson Over Bleaching. Before Yaa Jackson became the superstar she is now, she used to have a rather dark skin tone but after the fame finally got to her, she has been looking a bit toned in her latest photos which have raised concerns among some concerned fans.

Funny enough, some people online have even suggested that Yaa Jackson is the Infinix version of ‘Nadia Buari.

Comparing some of her old photos and her new photos, it will be safe to say that the “Tear Rubber” hitmaker has changed complexion from her old chocolate complexion to a white ‘obroni’.

See some of her photos below;

Jackie Appiah Reveals The Kind Of Men And Food She Likes. Screen goddess Jackie Appiah, has opened up a bit about some of her preferences.
As a celebrity, many would love to know more about her, no matter the number of things she lets out of the bag.

Her recent TikTok video, where she joined the popular This or That Challenge, made her reveal a bit more about herself.

Through the video, Jackie Appiah revealed her type of man between poor and billionaire, her favorite Jollof between Ghana and Naija, and a number of interesting things you probably didn’t know about her.

Medikal’s Huge Money Is All Thanks To Fraud Not Music – Teephlow. Rapper Teephlow keeps opening keys after having a brawl with Medikal of AMG Business fame.
In a virtual interview on Zylofon FM, Teephlow stressed that Medikal’s money and wealth that he flaunts on social media is not from music.

He argued that due to covid, artistes are not able to make money through playing shows. However, Medikal keeps showing off.

So, the FAQs is, where’s the source of Medikal’s money? “He can’t say the money is from music. If it is so, he should show us stats of his organic streams so that we can measure the earnings”, he said.

Video Below: Medikal’s Huge Money Is All Thanks To Fraud Not Music – Teephlow.

I know depression very well and Funny Face needs help – Mzvee. Ghanaian songstress, Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda, popularly known as MzVee, has reacted to the recent public outbursts of actor and comedian Funny Face.

Funny Face has saaid on many occasions that he rants more on social media when he is depressed.

We are all witnesses to his action which led to him being arrested.

The ‘Kasoa Trotro’ actor following his arrest used some harsh words against the Ghana Police Service — and even threatened to sue them for 5 million dollars.

Commenting on the development in an interview with Fiifi Pratt on Kingdom Plus FM, MzVee who also went through depression some years ago mentioned what will help him.

The ‘Natural Girl’ singer said Funny Face needs people who can help him get out of the situation.

“I know depression very well because I went through it in 2018/2019 so I know he is not ok. I pray he gets the people who love him to come to his aid and to help him get out of this situation,” MzVee stated. I know depression very well and Funny Face needs help – Mzvee.

Teephlow Drags Guru For Stealing His “Alkayida” Wave Way Back. Ghanaian rapper, Lukeman Ekow Baidoo, otherwise known as Teephlow has ‘punched’ Guru following his misunderstanding with Kuami Eugene over a collaboration.

Kuami Eugene revealed in a recent interview that he couldn’t accept a feature with Guru because he didn’t use the right channel and he has also disrespected his boss.

His explanation compelled Guru, known in private life as Maradona Yeboah Adjei to react.

In his rebuttal, the NKZ Music Boss stated that he admired the works of Kuami Eugene and he didn’t want to feature him because he needed a hit song.

On the back of this, Teephlow in a post sighted by Zionfelix.net recounted how Guru robbed him of a chance to shine some years ago.

According to him, Guru is now stressing over a collabo after he treated him in the same way.

Teephlow believes karma is “a crazy dog”.

He tweeted: “With all those hits u still robbed a brother of a simple chance to shine when the new akaida dance wave came! U swore u never knew of my song and even claimed u created the wave.

“Today udey stress over collabo. Smh. Karma is indeed a crazy dog. #Phlowducation2.”

Check the tweet out below ; Teephlow Drags Guru For Stealing His “Alkayida” Wave Way Back.